Newest Review: ... was thinking of selling one. After speaking to her, she then agreed to bring it in for me to look at. After looking, I was convinced it was... more
Member Name: als0101
Advantages: Light, easy to use, good for everyday uses
Disadvantages: Battery powered bobbin winder, lack of stitch sizes and settings
On my way heading to uni I decided it was a pretty good time to invest in a new sewing machine. As I am doing a textile course, I thought it would be pretty essential, rather than trying to beat everyone else in a queue for a machine (uni cuts, probably less sewing machines!). I currently have a hand-me-down Brother sewing machine, and it is manageable, but on it's last legs and pretty ancient. I had a slight hunt round sites such as Argos, but none really caught my eye. Luckily, I heard a girl talking in my current textiles class claiming she was thinking of selling one. After speaking to her, she then agreed to bring it in for me to look at. After looking, I was convinced it was practical enough for me to use. I paid around £70 and she said she had only used it a couple of times.
One downfall of me buying it second hand is that the instruction manual was apparently lost, but saying that the machine isn't overcomplicated to use. A problem I did come across though was the spool. Previously using conventional sewing machines, it took me a while to crack how the spool fitted in and out horizontally rather than vertically. But when I realised there was a diagram illustrating this on spool lid/cover, my confusion was no longer.
There is a lack of settings and stitch sizes available, which definitely differs from other sewing machines I have used before. This is definitely a limitation, but for my uses it isn't that important, and I didn't have too higher expectations because of the cheap price. I think the stitching quality is quite good (but obviously limited with settings) and it successfully manages stitching heavy layers of material, useful for my more creative textiles activities.
Another feature of the sewing machine is a battery powered automatic bobbin winder. It winds the bobbin about the double the speed of a conventional sewing machine and is much more efficient. I do think this is beneficial, although it will be awkward when I'm trying to do work and my bobbin winder stops as it runs out of battery. It'll be even more annoying when I'm routing through my house trying to find an awkward size of battery. Word of advice, stock up!
This sewing machine is perfect for my uses, cheap, easy to work and does standard things you want sewing machines to do. It does lack specific settings and if you're an advanced machinist you might be a tad disappointed. Overall though no real complaints from me and it is a practical for everyday uses.
Summary: Practical for everyday uses and definitely suitable for me as a student.